Vegan Tempeh Bacon B.L.A.T. Sandwich

Sometimes you need a sandwich that reminds you of the “old times” and this is a great example of a good vegan alternative. It also works really well as a hangover cure and I definitely need a cure for the hangover today!!

Let me tell you now if you are new to veganism, this is important. Your old buddy Juddy is about to throw a truth bomb at ya. Unless we are talking about a product from someone like Gardein or Beyond Meat, who totally process there food scientifically in a lab (nothing wrong with that but we can’t do that), there are virtually NO vegan alternatives that taste anything like the original. If anyone tells you otherwise, they are not your friend so bodyslam them as soon as you can and move on. If you go into this thinking that you are going to make a fermented soy bean taste like a dead pig, then you will be let down! Noone told me this and I spent months trying to find a good alternative. That being said, we can take tempeh and manipulate it to taste a LOT like bacon. You need sodium, you need sweet and why not, add some heat.

You want the tempeh to marinade for as long a possible, at least an hour but overnight is better. Quickly make the marinade, cut the tempeh and then leave it soaking in the fridge over night.

You can bake the tempeh after it has marinated too if you prefer, but you are not going to eat this every day so live a little!! Just bake to 200 degrees Celsius for 15-20 minutes per side.

For the bacon accompaniment, I have gone with cos lettuce, avocado (I always preferred B.L.A.T.’s to B.L.T’s and instead of tomatoes, I have gone with my tomato relish. It works really well with here and I recommend it but if you can’t be bothered sliced tomatoes or even tomato sauce can both work.

Have a go, hope you are not as hungover as me!

BLAT Sandwich

Serves 4


  • 8 slices of wholemeal bread, toasted
  • 1 avocado, sliced
  • 1 cos lettuce, I used 1 large slice per sandwich but you can add more
  • a batch of my tomato relish, recipe here
  • 1 package 300g tempeh
  • 1-2 tablespoons olive oil
  • ¼ cup of soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon liquid smoke
  • ½ teaspoon smoked paprika
  • ¼ teaspoon garlic powder
  • pinch of cayenne pepper
  • salt and pepper


Cook it:

  1. Start by cutting the tempeh. You are looking for around 24 slices. What I do is cut the tempeh in half width ways, then cut each of those in half width ways then each of those in half width ways! You should end up with 8 rectangular tempeh pieces. Cut each of these into 3 long slices. Place into a large container, baking tray, bowl, anything where they can lie down without doubling up, as much as possible
  2. In a small sauce pan, add the soy sauce, vinegar, brown sugar, liquid smoke, smoked paprika, garlic powder, cayenne pepper and a bit of salt and pepper. Place the saucepan on a high heat and wait for it to start boiling. After about 30 seconds of boiling, pour over the tempeh and make sure each piece of tempeh is covered in marinade
  3. Cover and store in the fridge for at least an hour. Overnight is perfect
  4. Put a large frying or sauté pan on as high heat as possible
  5. Add the oil
  6. Fry each tempeh piece for 90 seconds to 2 minutes per side (you may have to do this is in 2 or 3 batches, depending on the size of your pan
  7. Meanwhile, toast your bread
  8. To compile, lay a slice of two of cos on some toast, then some sliced avocado, 5 or 6 slices of tempeh bacon and top with some amazing tomato relish. Season with salt and pepper
  9. Hangover cured
  10. Get it into ya

Recommended Tunes:

Queens Of The Stone Age “Lullabies To Paralyze”

When this album was released, I did not give it the attention it needed. Josh Homme was taking the band to places I was not ready for at the time. I wanted rock. I wanted Nick. I wanted the revolving door. After reading more about Nicks departure and finally “getting” what Josh was doing, I now think this is up there as one of the greats. A TRUE rock album in every sense of the word.

I recently read a quote from Josh Homme talking about Motorhead in which he said “Lemmy was responsible for the metal heads and the punks standing side by side at gigs”. Chuck in the indie kids and I believe the same can be said for QOTSA….

Listen – but do yourself a favour and buy it on vinyl!!

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